MusicOntario Presents: The 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge

Wed 14th - Fri 16th August 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Focus on Musicians & Songwriters who identify as Indigenous
In partnership with the Canadian Music Publishers Association
August 14, 15, & 16, 2019 @ Dreamhouse Studios

Welcome to the fifth annual Ontario edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge, in partnership with the Canadian Music Publishers Association, Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media! The Canadian Songwriter Challenge invites Music Industry Associations from each province to program unique songwriting retreats to develop local writers and their skills.

Each year, the CSC hosts a group of emerging songwriters and pairs them with experienced mentors to co-write and record demos, participate in workshops on the business of music, and network and build relationships over the course of 2-5 days.

This year’s Challenge will shine a spotlight on Ontario’s Indigenous creators! If you reside in Ontario and identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis and write, produce and/or perform music, this opportunity is for you! We welcome traditional and/or contemporary genres and writing styles; the purpose of this challenge is to learn from one another and explore the craft of songwriting through the shared perspectives of a group setting.

Past mentors include Adrian X, Gavin Brown, Bijan Amir, Jordon Manswell, Liz Rodrigues, Robyn Dell’Unto, Donovan Woods, Nathan Ferraro, Mike Wise, Bill Bell, Shobha, Casey Marshall, and Rob Wells.

Check out MusicOntario's SoundCloud to hear past demos to come out of this program!

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